A nice surprise during one of our morning walks on the Scottish Birders Tour last weekend was a small flock of Waxwings. I heard them before they came into view; their ‘boiling kettle’ calls are quite distinctive. The flock stopped no more than a few hours before they continued their journey north back to their Scandinavian breeding grounds.
Posts Tagged ‘Scotland
A great group in Scotland last weekend on the Scottish Birders Weekend. We saw some good birds including this Crested Tit in Abernethy forest. Next year the itinerary has been changed slightly to incorporate an additional day at the coast for some passage migrants and late winter visitors such as White billed Diver and King Eider. Great hotel, great food, great birds … what more could you ask? Here’s the itinerary.
It was good to see Black Guillemot last week up in Scotland. I had the feeling numbers were down as they had vacated several areas where previously they had been present. However, these are probably the most social and endearing of the Auk family … yes even more endearing than Puffins.
We had a great time when we were in Scotland on tour last weekend among some good company in a great hotel. We more or less cleaned up on all the specialities with everyone getting decent views. The one thing we missed out on was Scottish Crossbill with no contenders coming our way; in fact I’m told there are few being seen this year among the Crossbill flocks. However, Slavonian Grebes, Black and Red throated Divers, Golden Eagle, Osprey, Red and Black Grouse, Capercaille, Ptarmigan, Dipper and Ring Ousel all put in an appearance. In fact we managed just short of 100 species. Not bad for a weekend in Scotland in April.
I’ve already started taking bookings for next year’s tour. If you are interested take a look at the itinerary at the bottom of this link http://www.wildlifetoursandeducation.co.uk/tours/longer-tours-pelagics/ and send me a mail at email@example.com
A bird we have seen on our trip to the Solway each year, in varying numbers, is the Scaup. A winter visitor to our shores; although a few, and I mean a few, breed in Scotland each year. This makes them the UK’s rarest breeding duck. This one was photographed on our tour to the Solway last weekend.
As I swung the vehicle into a gateway and orientated us so everyone had a view out over the ridge in front of us one of my guests pointed something out.
We were in Scotland last Saturday on the ‘Birders Scottish Long Weekend’. A Rough legged Buzzard had been seen earlier quartering the moor distantly over the valley. Although cold it was bright and if anything moved over the ridge we would certainly be aware.
However, it was not in the distance that my guest was looking. He was gazing no further than a couple of metres from where we had parked. Sat quietly dozing among the heather was a female Red Grouse magically camouflaged to her surroundings.